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Initial short film explaining animation, then tour walks past Disney animators' workspaces, where guests can peek in and watch animators at work at their computers and drawing boards....then concludes with another short film montage....

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Disney MGM Studios Animation Tour
After winding your way through corridors decorated with animation sketches of some of Disney's most popular movies, you enter the theater to watch a short film featuring Robin Williams as a tourist and Walter Cronkite, who attempts to explain how animation is created. After Robin is converted into an animated Lost Boy and plays with Peter Pan, you'll meet a Disney animator who shares some animation basics and does a few quick sketches, then allows for a brief question-and-answer session. The tour guide then moves your group on past the animators' workspaces, where guests can peek in and watch animators at work at their computers and drawing boards. You may also catch a few quick glimpses of whatever the newest project is - currently there is artwork and signage for "The Emperor's New Groove" and the upcoming "John Henry." The tour concludes with another short film montage, featuring many Disney films and the people who animated them.
Animation Gallery - On display are copies of the Academy Awards won by Disney animators, along with drawing from famous films. Animation cels, books, and other collectibles are also for sale here.

The Magic of Disney Animation is a 35-minute guided tour with several segments. It begins with a delightful short film called "Back to Neverland," with Walter Cronkite and Robin Williams. This is followed by a 7-minute live lecture and demonstration by a Disney animator. Next is a walking tour, during which you can see animators at work, and view storyboards and concept art for upcoming animated movies. Finally, after a short film in which the animators talk about their art, guests see a compilation of classic Disney animated film clips.
The Magic of Disney Animation is a fascinating tour through a real working animation studio. The 45-minute tour starts in a room where duplicates of 12 of the many oscars won by Disney are on display. Also in the room are pictures of classic and upcoming Disney animated films. Next, guests enter a small theatre for a humorous movie about how animated films are produced. The movie is hosted by Walter Cronkite and Robin Williams, and is one of the best parts of the tour. After the short film, guests proceed on to the main studio, where large windows give views of the many features of the studio. Everything from the animators desks, with their many lamps, to the camera which transforms over 120,000 drawings into a film. As you walk along, your tour guide explains what you're seeing at every step. Near the end of the tour, a Disney animator demonstrates how to draw a Disney character and answers any animation questions you have. The finale of the tour is a short film montage of great Disney animation. It is best to visit this attraction on weekdays from the morning until early evening, because that is when the animators are at work.

Walk under the archway to the right of the Chinese Theater and turn right into the Animation Courtyard to find the building that houses The Magic of Disney Animation, a 35-minute guided tour. If you're intrigued by what makes things tick, then you'll appreciate this tour, which lets you see up close how Disney animation comes to life. You'll have a chance to peek over the shoulders of Disney artists at work and see where many of your favorite films were created, including classics like "Beauty and the Beast," "The Lion King," and "Mulan."

The best time to see animators at their desks is between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. I have seen a few animators there at other times, but most of them are gone in the evenings and on weekends.
Lines for this attraction can get quite long in the middle of the day - if seeing the animators at work isn't important to you, you can get in to the tour more quickly during the early morning or late afternoon.
Although there is a short film presentation at the start and conclusion, there is a fair amount of walking on this tour, which takes 35 minutes altogether.
During the question-and-answer session with the animator, you will either be standing or sitting on the floor. Children should move toward the front of the room to get a good view of the animator at work.
This attraction is wheelchair accessible. Guests using ECVs must transfer to a wheelchair for this tour.
Assistive Listening Devices from Guest Services Can Be Used Here.
Reflective Captioning Available.
Restrooms and telephones are located to the left of the entrance to the Animation Tour.

Actor Robin Williams and former newsman Walter Cronkite star in the 9-minute film at the beginning of this tour.
The film featuring Robin Williams and Walter Cronkite was made in Anaheim, California, not at the Disney-MGM Studios in Orlando.
Magic of Disney Animation
A look at how Disney animators work their magic is in store for you at the Magic of Disney Animation. But this is more than just watching animators at work here, you'll learn how animated features are produced. The 30 minute tour opens with a walk through gallery of Disney animation cels and a look at the Academy Awards that animators have collected for their efforts. From the welcome center, guests are then led to the theatre to view the introduction to the tour with a 8 minute film, "Back to Neverland", starring the unlikely duo of Robin Williams and Walter Cronkite.
The tour is an explanation of the production process. It goes through the stages of character development, rough art animation, refining the rough art to line drawings, development of background scenes, photocopying them onto plastic, using ink and paint to finish the cels and finally, photographing, compiling and editing these into the finished product. You will see animators discussing their work in progress on overhead monitors as well as getting a glimpse of a working studio where you may get a sneak peek at a future Disney project.
TIP: To watch animators at work, it is best to go on weekdays during business hours.
The tour concludes with film clips from animated Disney features. This tour appeals more to adults than to younger children. Guests in ECVs must be able to transfer to a wheelchair. For guests with hearing impairments, Assistive Listening Devices are available at Guest Services. Deaf guests can make use of Reflective Captioning, contact a Cast Member at the entrance for assistance. 
Description: This is a wonderful tour through a real animation studio. Great fun and very informative.  It's very interesting and educational. 
Guests with any mobility concerns should enter through the standard queue.  Guests using EVCs will need to transfer to a standard wheelchair that will be provided upon request by the cast member at the building entrance. Due to the nature of the experience, this attraction can only accommodate a limited number of guests using wheelchairs per tour. Contact a cast member for additional assistance.
Show Time-  45-minute guided tours.

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